The National Centre for Climate Services (NCCS)

The National Centre for Climate Services (NCCS) is the network for climate services of the Swiss Confederation. As a national knowledge hub, it promotes climate-sensitive decision-making aimed at minimising risks, maximising opportunities and optimising costs.

The NCCS coordinates the co-development and provision of climate services and promotes dialogue between the parties involved. With the inception of the NCCS at the end of 2015, the Swiss Confederation followed the recommendations of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

The NCCS is organised in the form of a virtual centre, and currently consists of eight administrative federal bodies: Federal Office for Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss), Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), Federal Office for Civil Protection (FOCP), Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG), Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), Federal Office for Food Safety and Veterinary Affairs (FSVO), ETH Zurich and Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL). Other partners are Agroscope, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), the University of Berne and ProClim - Forum for Climate and Global Change. The secretariat is hosted by MeteoSwiss.

The main target groups of the NCCS encompass national to local government institutions and policy-makers, the private sector, science-oriented users and international actors in the field of climate services.

www.nccs.ch – the new web portal for climate services

Everything about NCCS as well as a variety of climate services and information on adaptation to climate change can be found on the new NCCS web portal. It serves as the one-stop shop of the federal government for climate services. Information, products, guidelines and best-practice examples are available on the platform.

More specifically, the NCCS web portal provides inights on climate change and its impact, risks and opportunities as well as possible measures. News and events relating to climate services are also available. You can navigate the portal via different entry points – e.g. sector or region – and get in touch with experts. The NCCS web portal has been online since 13 November 2018 and new climate services and other activities are added regularly.